A Part (2x)I
III

I
IVV

I
III

I
VII
B Part (2x)IIIVIV

I
IVV

IIIVIV

IVII

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The bold, black notes and numbers in the diagrams below show which Major scale notes and scale degrees (do, re, mi...) make up each melody. 

Scale degree1
2
34
5
6
7
D Major scaleD
E
F#G
A
B
C#

The chords of this tune are entirely in the key of D Major.  There are countless ways to play this melody over the I chord, so find some versions that you like and build your own way of playing it!  If you're struggling, make sure that you can play along with the chords first, and then start working on playing the melody while the backing tracks are playing.

Chord NameRoman Num.Chord Notes
D MajorID, F#, A
G MajorIVG, B, D
A Major
V
A, C#, E

Soldier's Joy: Backing Tracks in D Major

Soldier's Joy (in D Major)
Pick a reasonable tempo for you & build speed!

    See these scales with a Fretboard Toolbox:​

  • Use page 25 of any Complete Edition
  • Use pages 15-18 of any Essential Edition

  • Soldiers in D 20pct6:24
  • Soldiers in D 30pct5:19
  • Soldiers in D 40pct4:30
  • Soldiers in D 50pct3:57
  • Soldiers in D 60pct3:32
  • Soldiers in D 70pct3:10
  • Soldiers in D 80pct2:53
  • Soldiers in D 90pct2:39
  • Soldiers in D 100pct2:27
  • Soldiers in D 110pct2:15
  • Soldiers in D 120pct2:06
  • Soldiers in D 130pct1:58

These fiddle tunes have been on a list for me to work on for
a long time, so I put these here for me, and all of you who
are working on the same thing.  Good luck building speed!

Soldier's Joy Chord Progression